Lawyer Savage on case for gold
22 July 2002
Canadian welterweight boxer Ryan Savage has put his law studies on hold to take part in the Manchester Commonwealth Games.
Savage and the nine other members of the Canadian boxing team arrived at the Forum Centre Wythenshawe, venue for the preliminary bouts, on Monday after spending a week training at the Rotunda Amateur Boxing Club in Liverpool.
The 26-year-old is a three-times national champion and confirmed he will continue studying towards becoming a sports lawyer after the Games, rather than turning professional.
“My law firm has sponsored me to come here and given me time off to prepare, so I want to make sure it’s worth my while coming here,” he said.
“This is my first Commonwealth Games so I don’t have the big Games experience, but I have fought at international events before and have represented Canada for eight years.
“I’m up for gold,” he added. “I’m the most experienced guy in the Canadian team. I have the experience, so I think I have the potential to hit gold, but I have to be sharp in every fight.
“We have a young team and Andrew Kooner is the only guy who has been to the Olympics in our team. It always depends on the draw, but we are confident of medals.”